PHT Morning Skate: Flyers-Penguins fallout and more


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond. went all-out to capture the excitement of Game 1 of the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins series. Tim Panaccio goes in detail regarding the comeback from a 3-0 deficit, John Gonzalez discusses Ilya Bryzgalov’s bear of a start and Sarah Baicker spotlights Danny Briere’s impressive playoff “clutch” factor. takes a look at how Kris Letang’s great start was subdued by the fact that his night ended so poorly. (

From the look of things, the Detroit Red Wings-Nashville Predators series might go a full seven games. (Detroit Free Press)’s Joe Haggerty and’s Chuck Gormley break down both sides of the Boston Bruins-Washington Capitals series. (

The Los Angeles Kings had an awfully interesting message for “everyone in Canada outside BC” after Dustin Penner & Co. beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in Game 1. (Puck Daddy)

Joel Quenneville and Dave Tippett were once teammates. Now they’re coaching opposing teams in an intriguing series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes. (

The New York Rangers are glad that captain Ryan Callahan will be available to start the 2012 playoffs. (ESPN New York)

Speaking of which, Sarah McLellan reports that the Coyotes are “ready to get intense.” (AZ Central)

Brodie Brazil, Kevin Kurz and Ray Ratto break down a challenging endeavor for the San Jose Sharks: scoring against the St. Louis Blues. (

Weaver announces retirement after 633 NHL games

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Mike Weaver has retired. The 37-year-old defenseman made the announcement today via the NHLPA.

“What an enjoyable experience to do something you love for 11 years in the NHL and 15 years in professional hockey,” said Weaver in a release. “I could never have imagined this. Hockey is more than just a game to me. Thanks to the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens.

“I would also like to thank the fans who brought the energy and excitement every night to the arenas. When the game starts, your teammates are who you trust, rely on and respect the most. Thank you to all my teammates for all the memories that will last a lifetime.”

Undrafted out of Michigan State, Weaver ended up playing 633 games in the NHL, plus 28 more in the playoffs.

Larkin will start season with Red Wings

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Dylan Larkin — despite being just 19 years old — will begin the season on the Detroit Red Wings, a team not normally accustomed to having teenagers in the lineup.

Coach Jeff Blashill confirmed the news this morning. Larkin could apparently start on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

Larkin, the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, had three goals and one assist in five preseason games. A natural center, he’s shown the potential to one day step into the kind of “big-time” role that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have played for so long in Detroit.

“You have to give our scouts credit,” former coach Mike Babcock told ESPN in May. “We got a great pick where we picked. How high end is he? How soon?”

Related: Coaching change ‘one of the reasons’ Larkin signed with Wings